Five hundred years of U.S. history will be retold in a 90-minute comedy next week at the University of Saint Mary.

The theater department will present “The Complete History of America (Abridged)” in three shows at the Xavier Theatre on campus.

The shows will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The show was written by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, who are also members of the Reduced Shakespeare Company that is known for improvised comedy works.

“(The performance) is unlike any show we have put on at USM,” said theater instructor Emily Kasprzak. “It interprets the history of our nation at a breathless pace, relying heavily on audience participation and improvisation. The audience can expect to laugh a lot and learn some facts about American history that they may not be familiar with.”

The cast includes Olivia Hatchel, Bret Fritz, Anthony Clark, Eric Santa Cruz and Ross Liberto.

The show includes more than 30 costume changes.

“Being on the costume crew for this show is very exciting,” said Olivia Figueroa-Orkwis. “Sometimes we only have a couple of seconds to change them before they have to be back on stage.”

Kasprzak said USM’s final play of the academic year will be enjoyed by the audience.

“The show is ‘smash and grab’ comedy at its finest,” she said. “There is a lot of audience participation, improv, water guns and spaghetti. If you want to know why spaghetti is important, come see the show.”

General admission is $10. USM students, faculty and staff, as well as high school students, will be admitted free.

The play is not suitable for children.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 913-758-6171.